Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lichtenstein, Roy

The White Tree
oil and magna on canvas
267.5 × 534.5 cm
private collection
-Fair use-

"I'm not sure exactly why I do this, but I think that it's to establish the hardest kind of archetype that I can." (Roy Lichtenstein)

Roy Fox Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was an American pop artist, born in New York, where he died. He is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, colored with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. His work has been exhibited extensively worldwide.

During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting".

Studying the work of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Paul Klee, he incorporated elements of contemporary art theory and popular print media into his painting. His work defined the basic premise of pop art through parody. Favoring the comic strip as his main inspiration, he produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek humorous manner. His rich and expansive practice is represented by a wide range of materials, including paintings on Rowlux and steel, as well sculptures in ceramic and brass and a selection of previously unseen drawings, collages and works on paper.